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Russian National Ballet to perform ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Barbara B. Mann

By Staff | Feb 20, 2020

A fairy tale known by many will take the stage at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall next month as the Russian National Ballet performs “Sleeping Beauty” during the Fort Myers Community Concert 2020 season.

“Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beautiful ballets,” Fort Myers Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann said. “The setting, dancing and music is all spectacular. We had ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (here) seven, or so years ago. It never gets old. You can see it and listen to it over and over. We are just always thrilled to have them come to Fort Myers.”

The Russian National Ballet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2. Tickets are $35 for lower balcony and $25 for upper balcony seats. There are also a limited number of orchestra and mezzanine seating for $55.

There are reserved seats in the upper balcony for any student and their parent in Lee County, as well as their teachers.

Individuals can buy tickets through the Barbara B. Mann box office on the Florida Southwestern State College campus, or by calling (239) 481-4849.

The Russian National Ballet, which was founded with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation to invigorate the tradition of classical Russian ballet with developments in dance from around the world, is one of Moscow’s finest ballet companies.

The last concert of Fort Myers Community Concert 2020 season will take place on March 19, the Siberian Virtuoso, a group of 10 violinists and a pianist that all happen to be women.

“It’s an interesting group. We have looked at them in the past and haven’t been able to work out the right time for them,” Mann said.

When the not-for-profit organization had to find a replacement for the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, who were to perform Jan. 27, but were unable to due to a problem obtaining visas to travel to the U.S, The Siberian Virtuoso happened to have an open spot. Mann said the hall was available, so they are coming to finish out the season.

“Anyone who had purchased a ticket for the symphony, hold on to that ticket. It will be honored at the March 19 show,” she said.

This is the Fort Myers Community Concert Association’s 71st concert season. The not-for-profit organization began in 1949 by Barbara B. Mann and the first concert was held at Edison Park Elementary School due to the school having the best auditorium in town.

Mann said the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall exists because they needed a place to hold world class concerts.

The Fort Myers Community Concert Association puts on a five concert series during the months of January, February and March.